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San Miguel gets last laugh vs Phoenix to reach finals

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:47 PM

The Beermen reach the Philippine Cup finals for a franchise record fifth straight time

June Mar Fajardo. Photo from PBA Images


Romeo puts on scoring clinic as San Miguel pushes Phoenix to the brink

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Beermen display complete obliteration of the Fuel Masters in the highly physical Game 4

ONE MORE LOSS. Calvin Abueva and Phoenix face elimination. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix hero Wright endures mild bronchitis: 'This is the playoffs'

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:17 PM

The 28-year-old guard comes up clutch as Phoenix trails 1-2 against San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals

CLUTCH. Matthew Wright prevents another Phoenix meltdown. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix makes it a series with gutsy Game 3 win over San Miguel

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:27 PM

(UPDATED) The Phoenix Fuel Masters trim the San Miguel Beermen's series lead to 1-2 behind Matthew Wright's clutch free throws

NO SWEEP. Phoenix denies June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel their third straight win in the semifinals series. Photo from PBA Images


PBA slaps Standhardinger, Abueva with hefty fines

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:42 PM

The San Miguel center incurs a flagrant foul penalty 2, while the Phoenix forward flashes the dirty finger on multiple occasions

FINED. Christian Standhardinger and Calvin Abueva do not go scot-free for their antics in Game 2 of the San Miguel-Phoenix semifinals duel. Photo from PBA images


Ejected Standhardinger says hit on Abueva an accident

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The Filipino-German is sent to the locker room early, but San Miguel gets the job done against Phoenix for a 2-0 semis lead

TOSSED OUT. Christian Standhardinger logs in only 9 minutes in San Miguel's Game 2 win over Phoenix due to his ejection. Photo from PBA Images


San Miguel storms back to take 2-0 lead vs Phoenix

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Beermen bank on June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter in the endgame to move two wins away from reaching the Philippine Cup finals

STRONG FINISH. June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen buck off a slow start to repeat on Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix looks to adjust after loss to San Miguel 'national team'

Apr 14, 2019 - 1:38 PM

'You can’t blink against San Miguel,' Phoenix coach Louie Alas admits after his top-ranked Fuel Masters absorbed a heavy beating against the Beermen

JITTERY. Calvin Abueva and the Fuel Masters know they need to shake off the playoff jitters. Photo from PBA Images

June Mar brushes off another injury scare in San Miguel Game 1 win

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Ever the competitor, the five-time MVP is more concerned that he fouled out early and wound up with subpar numbers

RELENTLESS. San Miguel Beer gets away with a big win despite missing the services of June Mar Fajardo for quite a stretch. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel weathers late Phoenix rally, JMF injury in semis opener win

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Not even a head injury scare to June Mar Fajardo fazed the San Miguel Beermen against the top-ranked Phoenix

Photo from PBA Images

SCHEDULE: 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Top-ranked Phoenix clashes with defending champion San Miguel as No. 2 Rain or Shine tackles Magnolia

Phoenix seals twice-to-beat with rousing win over San Miguel

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Fuel Masters head into the quarterfinals as the No. 1 team after ending the Beermen's four-game winning streak

BIG FISH. Calvin Abueva and the Phoenix Fuel Masters upset reigning four-time Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen. Photo from PBA Images


Ginebra pulls off great escape to stun No. 1 Phoenix

Mar 10, 2019 - 9:38 PM

LA Tenorio, who ties Alvin Patrimonio for most consecutive games played, leads the Gin Kings' fightback

THE GIN-ERAL. LA Tenorio shows the way as Barangay Ginebra regains its winning ways. Photo from PBA Images


Perkins proves clutch as Phoenix edges Magnolia to stay No. 1

Mar 06, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Fuel Masters solidify their place at the top with their eighth win in 9 games

KEY COG. Jason Perkins delivers the goods for the red-hot Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images


Abueva flexes muscles en route to PBA Player of the Week

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:08 PM

'The Beast' struts his stuff as Phoenix formalizes its entry to the playoffs of the 2019 Philippine Cup

HARD TO TAME. Calvin Abueva flaunts his boundless energy as Phoenix claims solo lead in the standings. Photo from PBA Images


Abueva battles through food poisoning

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:20 PM

A bum stomach hardly bothers 'The Beast' as Phoenix claims a share of the lead in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup

BEAST MODE. Calvin Abueva issues another double-double outing as Phoenix sustains its winning ways. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix waylays Alaska to claim slice of PBA lead

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:51 PM

Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright both submit 20-point outings as Phoenix ties Rain or Shine at the top of the standings

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE. Calvin Abueva frolicks in the paint for the red-hot Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images


PBA admits wrong call in NorthPort-Phoenix ending

Feb 28, 2019 - 4:01 PM

A referee waives off a Sean Anthony triple late in the Batang Pier's 96-98 loss to the Fuel Masters after being called for an offensive foul

OUCH. Sean Anthony and NorthPort fall prey to Phoenix in a controversial ending. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix squeaks past NorthPort to punch playoff ticket

Feb 27, 2019 - 10:08 PM

The Fuel Masters bounce back from their first loss to capture their sixth win

TOP GUNNER. Matthew Wright leads Phoenix back to the playoffs for the second straight conference. Photo from PBA Images


Belga, Rain or Shine snap Phoenix's perfect run in OT

Feb 10, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The Elasto Painters bag their sixth win in 7 games to clinch a playoff berth and snatch the top seat from the Fuel Masters

TOP DOG. Beau Belga delivers all-around numbers as Rain or Shine catches a big fish in Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images


Abueva secures game-winning block vs NLEX for perfect Phoenix

Feb 08, 2019 - 6:56 PM

The Fuel Masters stretch their winning streak to 5 games

UNSCATHED. Calvin Abueva delivers a double-double and the game-winning block for Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images


Wright says red-hot Phoenix still has plenty to prove

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The Filipino-Canadian gunner, though, takes pride that the Fuel Masters have now built an identity as they soar to a franchise-best 4-0 start

FRANCHISE PLAYER. Matthew Wright has been one of the key reasons Phoenix has turned into the hottest PBA team right now. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix steamrolls Blackwater to stay perfect

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Calvin Abueva makes an immediate impact off the bench as he leads 7 Fuel Masters players in double figures

THE BEAST. Calvin Abueva puts up a double-double off the bench for Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images


Abueva says rookie Perez has long way to go

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'The Beast' and his Phoenix crew show 'The Baby Beast' and Columbian how things are done with a scintillating win

BROTHERLY ADVICE. Calvin Abueva says CJ Perez should push himself more for him to be able to play at a high level. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix soars to best start in franchise history, tops Columbian

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:16 PM

The Fuel Masters send the Dyip crashing back to earth to notch their first 3 wins in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup

TAKING CHARGE. Matthew Wright posts his usual numbers as Phoenix wins its third straight game. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix's Justin Chua saw punch coming from TNT's Mike Miranda

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:35 AM

Chua is on the receiving end of a punch from Miranda in the Fuel Masters' overtime win over the KaTropa

LAST LAUGH. Justin Chua gets the last laugh over Mike Miranda as Phoenix remains unbeaten while TNT slumps to 0-2 start. Photos from PBA Images


Another OT win for Phoenix as TNT falls

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:08 PM

The Fuel Masters bag their second straight overtime triumph to remain unbeaten in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup

MAIN MAN. Matthew Wright once again tows Phoenix into victory. Photo from PBA Images


Jason Perkins leads PBA's All-Rookie Team

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:52 PM

The Phoenix forward will be joined by Jeron Teng, Paul Zamar, Robbie Herndon and Christian Standhardinger in the honor roll

TOP NEOPHYTE. Jason Perkins wins Rookie of the Year in the PBA's 43rd season. Photo from PBA Images


With family watching, Abueva plays hero for Phoenix

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:38 AM

'The Beast' hints of a new baby coming as he reunites with his wife and children

DRAMATIC FASHION. Calvin Abueva opens the PBA's 44th season with a game-winner. Photo from PBA's website


Abueva game-winner lifts Phoenix over Meralco in OT thriller

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The Beast' compensates for a horrendous shooting night with his late-game heroics

TO THE RESCUE. Calvin Abueva plays hero as Phoenix opens the season on the winning track. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix's Jason Perkins claims Rookie of the Year plum

Jan 13, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Top draftees Kiefer Ravena of NLEX and Christian Standhardinger of San Miguel did not qualify for the annual award

MAIDEN. Jason Perkins is the first player in Phoenix's franchise history to win the award. Photo from PBA Images


NLEX gets No. 4 pick, trades Mallari, Marcelo to Phoenix

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas gets his wish of acquiring a point guard and a big man

NEW SQUAD. Alex Mallari will play in his fifth PBA team after 6 years in the league. Photo from PBA Images


Fatigued Meralco powers through 6th straight do-or-die

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:15 AM

After fighting for survival the past weeks, the No. 7 Bolts are on their way to the semifinals versus the Alaska Aces

ON FIRE. Allen Durham takes charge in the final stretch as the Bolts survive the Fuel Masters in the do-or-die quarterfinal duel. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco upsets Phoenix, books last semis seat in OT thriller

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:49 PM

'What a hill that we had to climb to get to this point,' says coach Norman Black after the Bolts overcame the Fuel Masters' twice-to-beat quarterfinal edge

DO-OR-DIE. Both the Phoenix Fuel Masters and the Meralco Bolts put it all out on the floor in the quarterfinal overtime thriller. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco overpowers Phoenix, forces do-or-die for semis slot

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:06 PM

Banking on a huge third-quarter run, the Bolts stay alive against the Fuel Masters in the PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals

GAME 2. Allen Durham leads the Meralco Bolts to a comeback win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo courtesy of the PBA media group

Phoenix nails twice-to-beat edge, No. 2 ranking vs Blackwater

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:26 PM

The Fuel Masters will see action in the quarterfinals for the first time in a year and the first under head coach Louie Alas

THE BEAST. Calvin Abueva rises to occasion as Phoenix finishes in the Top 4. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix storms back as Rain or Shine's free fall continues

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The Fuel Masters occupy solo 4th place with their seventh win in 10 games

REELING. Matthew Wright and Phoenix deal Rain or Shine its third straight loss. Photo from PBA Images


Calvin Abueva fined for flashing dirty finger

Oct 15, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The PBA slaps P10,000 penalty on the Phoenix forward after he flashed his middle finger for back-to-back games

PENALIZED. Calvin Abueva didn't go scot-free from his in-game antics. Photo from PBA's official Facebook page


Standhardinger fires back at Phelps over 'regular team' comment

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:28 AM

The Filipino-German hopes import Eugene Phelps 'doesn't feel too bad' after Phoenix got ripped by a 'regular' San Miguel squad

LAST LAUGH. Christian Standhardinger (left) gets the last laugh against Eugene Phelps as San Miguel rolls on to a 17-point win over Phoenix. Photos from PBA Images


Alas contests flagrant foul called on Murphy after 'choke' on Abueva

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Tempers flared as San Miguel import Kevin Murphy put Phoenix's Calvin Abueva in a headlock and dragged him near the stands for about 10 seconds

HEATED. Tempers flare between San Miguel's Kevin Murphy (left) and Phoenix's Calvin Abueva. Photo from PBA Images


San Miguel ends 3-game skid vs Phoenix in tension-filled clash

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Christian Standhardinger, import Kevin Murphy and Marcio Lassiter combine for 81 points

DOWN THE DRAIN. Eugene Phelps sees his 37-point, 26-rebound, 6-assist and 4-block outing go to waste. Photo from PBA Images


Eugene Phelps wants Best Import award

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:06 PM

'El Destructor' backs up his claim with his fourth 50-point game in the PBA

DOMINATING. Eugene Phelps ranks third in scoring, third in rebounding and first in blocking. Photo from PBA Images


Phoenix gifts birthday boy Alas 26-point beating of NLEX

Oct 10, 2018 - 7:26 PM

The Fuel Masters zero in on their first quarterfinals berth after 3 straight conferences of missing the playoffs

BEAST. Eugene Phelps eclipses the half century mark as Phoenix rolls over NLEX. Photo from PBA Images


Ginebra denies Phoenix early entry to playoffs

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Justin Brownlee plays the hero role as the Gin Kings wrest the top spot with a 5-1 record

STAT-STUFFER. Justin Brownlee finishes with herculean numbers of 34 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Photo from PBA Images


Red-hot Phoenix deals Magnolia first loss

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Eugene Phelps unleashes a monster double-double of 36 points and 20 rebounds to power the Fuel Masters to their fifth victory

DOMINATING. Rafi Reavis and the Magnoloa Hotshots tried, but Phoenix's Eugene Phelps again proved unstoppable. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix drubs depleted Meralco for 4th win

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The Fuel Masters cruise to their fourth victory in five outings

ON A ROLL. Phoenix's Eugene Phelps drives past Meralco's Brian Faundo in the game where the Fuel Masters hacked out a convincing win. Photo from PBA Images

Phoenix sends TNT reeling with 30-point romp

Aug 31, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Fuel Masters vent their ire on KaTropa right after their first loss in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup

TAKING CHARGE. Rookie Jason Perkins carries the scoring load for the Phoenix Fuel Masters with 22 points. Photo from PBA Images


Manuel shrugs off Abueva antics, says friendship remains intact

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Friends for almost five years, Manuel knows too well how Abueva gets under his opponents' skin

FRIENDS TURNED FOES. Vic Manuel (left) gets the last laugh against former teammate and good friend Calvin Abueva as Alaska tops Phoenix in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Alaska gets last laugh vs Abueva, Phoenix

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Aces clinch solo first place after keeping their record spotless at 3-0

FRIENDS TURNED FOES. Former teammates and good friends Vic Manuel (87) and Calvin Abueva (88) lock horns. Photo from PBA Images


Nothing personal for Abueva in first game vs ex-team Alaska

Aug 28, 2018 - 12:29 PM

'The Beast' will share the same floor with the Aces for the first time in three months – but he'll be right on the other side

KEY COG. Calvin Abueva has been an important cog for Phoenix's 2-0 start in the 2018 PBA Governor's Cup. Photo from PBA Images